Two short books starring Shelter Dogs

The Adventures of Sir Romeo Beau: Basset Hound Service Work Doggie - J R Pullen Diesel the Shelter Pup:  A True Story About The Adoption Of A Shelter Puppy - Lisa Brown

First of all, these are both currently Free on Amazon.  Both of them remind me of books you make yourself using your own photos and writing in your captions; not to say that that's a bad thing because I've seen some very cleverly done.  Each of these books had a problem, though, Sir Romeo Beau's photos were really too small to get a full picture.  And poor Diesel's photos didn't transfer at all.  (Purchased in Kindle format.)


Both of them tell good stories, and they are stories that need to be told.  


Sir Romeo is a rescue dog.  When he was brought into a couple's home for companionship purposes, Sir Romeo saw that there was a need for more than companionship.  (I am making the assumption here that the author of the book, J R Pullen, is also Sir Romeo's "mommy" and the person with the medical condition, so I am taking the liberty of calling her J -- otherwise I have no name to call her but Sir Romeo's mommy or mommy -- so J it is.)


J walks with a cane and has difficulties getting around.  Sir Romeo made himself useful by nudging items closer to her (her phone and her cane) and was even precocious enough to remind J that it was time to take her medicine.  They realized they had a very special dog on their hands and made the decision to have Romeo trained by a Service Work Dog Trainer.  Upon graduation, he received his Service Work Dog Vest, and now he accompanies J everywhere to assist her when she needs it.


The book describes all the ways that Sir Romeo provides her assistance, and the behaviors that are required of a Service Work Dog.  I appreciate the book because it calls attention to a growing population of service work dogs and therapy assistance dogs, and that a service dog doesn't need to have a pedigree in order to be trained as one.


The language is very simplistic, and at least part of the time they tried for a rhyming pattern which I wish they would have foregone.  But the message is the important thing and they made shout outs to various organizations including the American military and canine soldier dogs.



Diesel's book is written by his human grandmother, L. K. Brown, and she says it just fine, so I am quoting her:  "I wrote this book about Diesel, hoping to increase the awareness of dogs and cats in animal shelters all around the world.  It breaks my heart to read about all the dogs and cats that need forever homes.  Please spread the word and Opt To Adopt!  There are so many wonderful animals out there that need a home."


Then she tells the story of Diesel, who was born in the shelter along with seven brothers and sisters who were all adopted, (YaY) and eventually, the mother also found a forever home.  


She provides appalling statistics about the number of animals that are euthanized each year in American cities because we do such a terrible job of spaying and neutering our pets.  She reminds us that shelters need our support and encourages us all to help them with our resources when we are able and if we are so inclined.  


Both books are cute and fun and include links and contact information for further information.